Monday, 4 March 2013

Sandsvoe to Uyea, North Mavine...

I was out along the coast from Sandvoe  to Uyea in North Mavine today checking on some work I've had done. What a day it was, a chill wind, but wonderful skies and seas. it's a fair walk from Sandvoe to Uyea along the coast and back via the track inland over the hills but if you're feeling fit and it's a good day you'll not regret it. Walk Sheltand have details of pretty much the route I followed.

Just coming down into Roer Mill, the first voe along the coast...


You're walking across the grain of the voes along the coast so it's pretty tough going, plus there's nothing more than a sheep gaet to follow if you're lucky, so pick a route that's not too challenging for you. If you stay back from the coast a bit you can contour the valleys and save your legs.

Approaching Raa Wick...


And leaving Raa Wick...


 Looking across Wilgi Geo to Calder's Head...


And finally Uyea is in sight. There's a small farm stead to the left of the photo where the inland tracks goes from. In the far distance is the isle of Uyea. Usually accessible at low tide for the adventurous via a tombolo.


Looking back along the coast with Fethaland and the nearby stacks just visible...


From the farmstead of Uyea it's about another kilometre to the isle passing the Fisherman's Loch on the way...


Time for a bite to eat, a cup of chai and a spot of soaking in the view...


Uyea, the holy grail...


I once tried to kayak here from Sandvoe, but had to turn back due to the conditions and I've been out near the farm a couple of times but never down to the isle. A truly fantastic location.

The western half of Uyea...


The eastern  half of Uyea. The fence on the right is a funnel to get the sheep up from the island and down to it. The tide was too far in to cross today and anyway it looked like the tombolo of sand that is usually there (between the rocks) has been washed away in the winter storms; I'm sure it will build back up though...


Here's a little video looking across to Uyea. It's a bit odd with my wide angle lens. Turn the sound off, I can't do any video editing on this PC which is a pain...

video

I walked back to Sandvoe via the farms access track and then cut down The Burn of Sandvoe to the start. The track over the moor is a bit grim, but easy going and has great views, be good to cycle too!

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